Florida’s New Tea Party Gov rejects Fed Rail Funds
What’s the effect of not doing the rail? How will that impact Florida jobs? Should Fed Highway funds be pulled as well?
This is pure idiocy - Florida makes tons of money from Tourists, and cutting transit is a step backwards if Tourism is your state’s main industry.
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected $432 million in highly-touted funding from the Obama administration for an Orlando to Tampa high-speed rail Wednesday. Slamming government for becoming “addicted to spending,” Scott listed three reasons why accepting the federal funds would amount to a “recipe for disaster.”
In a statement, Scott said “I was elected to get Floridians back to work and to change the way government does business in our state.”
He becomes the third Republican governor to reject the White House initiative for high speed rail, joining Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich.
Among Scott’s reasons for rejecting the funds allocated to Florida: “Capital cost overruns that could put Florida taxpayers on the hook for an additional $3 billion,” “overly optimistic” ridership and revenue projections, and $2.4 billion owed to the feds if the project “becomes too costly for taxpayers and is shut down.”